Such a lovely walk this morning, after the rain. The rain brings out the best in everything. Colors and scents are deeper and more intense. I couldn't resist a visit to the pine thicket. The fragrance of a pine thicket after the rain is indescribable. I wish they would make a perfume that smells like it. I would never wear anything else. It is sweet and earthy and fresh and well....just wonderful! I can only imagine how it must smell to the dogs. Of course, they probably prefer the scent of the rabbits who live up here to the damp earth and pine trees. Shep has gone off to follow the scent of a cottontail rabbit, but dear, sweet, faithful Smokey stays close by my side. He sits down and waits patiently for me to snap photos, and only moves on when I am ready. He takes his job so seriously. Bless his soul. God bless Smokey. I love you, boy.